William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, the son of a glove maker. He was educated at the local grammar school and married Anne Hathaway in 1582.

Although surprisingly little is known of Shakespeare's early career, it is generally believed that he worked initially as an actor and graduated to writing plays. He produced, on average, two a year, many of which are classics of English literature, and is indisputibly England's, if not the world's, greatest playwright, with an unrivalled gift of language and expression.

He began writing poetry early in his career and the Sonnets, works of great emotional depth and beauty, were probably completed by 1600. Shakespeare retired to Stratford in 1610 where he died in the Spring of 1616.

Sonnet i
Sonnet ii
Sonnet iii
Sonnet iv
Sonnet v
Sonnet vi
Sonnet vii
Sonnet viii
Sonnet ix
Sonnet x
Sonnet xi
Sonnet xii
Sonnet xiii
Sonnet xiv
Sonnet xv
Sonnet xvi
Sonnet xvii
Sonnet xviii
Sonnet xix
Sonnet xx
  Carpe Diem a.k.a. Sweet-and-Twenty
The Blossom
Spring and Winter (i)
Spring and Winter (ii)
Fairy Land (i)
Fairy Land (ii)
Fairy Land (iii)
Fairy Land (iv)
Fairy Land (v)
Under the Greenwood Tree
Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind
It was a Lover and his Lass
Take, O take those Lips away
The Phoenix and the Turtle

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